Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Do you need a hug, Buddy?


Yesterday was a rough day for Tot. He started back in his routine after 13 days off it. His preschool teacher said he cried quite a bit before nap time. He cried after pick up because he didn't have a snack in the car (my bad). He cried in Taekwondo because his buddy (who was being more cooperative) got a stripe, but he didn't. He was having a really hard time calming down.
He was sad. His teacher calmly talked to him, but it didn't help much. Then his teacher stopped the lesson and offered my external heart-drive a hug. Finally, Tot reluctantly performed his pattern through his sniffling, so the teacher gave him a stripe too for demonstrating perseverance. I am so grateful that his young, male teacher was compassionate. What a terrific example for Tot and a great reminder for me. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Distraction worked this time.

Saturday, I was really hungry and headed to the kitchen to make myself a taco for breakfast. I was distracted by a lovely loaf of bread purchased with garlic bread intent. It may fulfill its garlic destiny, but in a smaller quantity due to the French toast that appeared for breakfast mere minutes after the bread caught my eye. And a good breakfast was enjoyed by all!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Elf!

A friend and her son had tickets to last night's performance of Elf that they were suddenly unable to use. Because she is a good friend, the best, actually, she graciously offered those tickets to Tot and me. We accepted, and MH chauffered us to the front door for Tot's first live musical.
We sat on the front row. It was the perfect spot for a high energy kid. His only distractions were the show, so he paid very close attention. It was spectacular. 

Tot and MH have witnessed their first live shows just a month apart. MH was enthralled by Les Miserables in NYC, and Tot loved Elf*. I am so excited that this is something we can do together, and I don't have to drag any unwilling participants along!

*For a second, at the end, the green costume tricked Tot. He thought it was "sad that Peter Pan's Christmas spirit wasn't enough" (to fly Santa's sleigh). He confused Buddy with Peter Pan! Maybe Peter Pan will come to a stage near us soon! 


Friday, January 2, 2015

Box Sledding

Grab some flat cardboard boxes. Find some hills. Slide. Climb up, repeat. It's good for the soul. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Growing up, we never did laundry on January 1. Mom said never to do anything on New Year's that you didn't want to spend the whole year doing. I found it funny. As if a family of six would have any other way to have clean clothes. Regardless, her words have stuck with me all these years.
For the first time in a few years, all the Christmas decorations are down today. Even the boxes and bags have found their way back to the attic. The cozy, comfortable every day house has reappeared. This year I want to make some changes. Starting today off in a producive way feels nice. Who knows, maybe Mom was right, and I've already set the ball rolling for a great 2015.